Located in the district of San Cristobal, the Indigenous Eye Ecological Reserve is one of the most authentic corners of the Dominican Republic, with an extraordinary natural beauty ideal for families and ecotourism lovers. If you want to truly disconnect, grab your backpack and get ready to get to know one of Punta Cana's greatest secrets.
This reserve was created in 1987, when the entire territory was ceded to the Puntacana Ecological Foundation. Its objective is to protect and conserve biodiversity, as well as scientific research and sustainable development of the region. Although it is open to tourism, access is restricted to preserve the natural beauty of the environment.
A wide variety of ecosystems can be found inside, such as mountain forests, lagoons and wetlands. The flora is composed of more than 500 species, of which a third are endemic plants of the Dominican Republic, including medicinal plants. In terms of fauna, the reserve is home to jaguars, pumas, red foxes, white-tailed deer, iguanas and hicoteas (freshwater turtles), as well as birds, other reptiles and amphibians. Some of these animals are in danger of extinction, another reason why the park was created and is preserved intact.
The beauty of the place makes it a natural spectacle that offers an unforgettable experience. A tourist attraction where you can find hiking trails, bird watching, boat rides on some of the lagoons and a farm. There is also an interpretation center where you can learn more about the vegetation and fauna that inhabit the reserve, as well as the cultural legacy of the first inhabitants of this area.
The name Indigenous Eyes Ecological Reserve was not chosen at random. There is evidence that the first inhabitants of the Dominican Republic were in this area, and in its interior there are 12 lagoons (ojos) that have been formed as the Yauya River has bored through the land and supplies water to these areas, where you can enjoy a relaxing bath in the Caribbean sun.
The mark of the Taino people is also preserved in the names of the lagoons, since most of them have been named using words from their language, in order to preserve the memory of the first inhabitants of this site.
The reserve is perfect for hiking, walking through about 3 kilometers of tropical forest and feel the sensation that there is still something of the legacy left by the Indians in their wake.
In addition to visiting the lagoons and the different areas to observe the fauna and vegetation of this paradise, the interpretation center is another attraction of the reserve. Here you can learn about the indigenous legacy, biodiversity and sustainable practices in areas such as agriculture and organic beekeeping.
If you are organizing your excursions and want to include a visit to this spectacular reserve, the opening hours are from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, although entry is only allowed until 4:30 pm.
The entrance to the ecological reserve is open to all visitors, both those staying in the hotels next to it, as well as those who plan to visit it from anywhere in Punta Cana. However, ticket prices vary depending on whether the person is staying at the hotel or visiting from outside.
In addition, it is important to remember that since it is a protected area, access is limited in order to preserve biodiversity and the ecosystem. Therefore, make sure that you can visit the park on the day you want, and book in advance if possible so that you will not have problems when entering.
To enjoy the adventure to the fullest, it is important that you take into account some practical recommendations:
The ecological reserve is just 10 minutes from downtown Punta Cana, going down Boulevard del Mar until you reach the area. If you are coming from Cap Cana you can walk there, but it is a complicated road. In the map below you can see the location of the reserve and the location from various points.
With our transportation service you can get close and enjoy the wonderful views and the charm of this reserve, ideal for families, nature photography lovers and ecotourism enthusiasts in general.